Role of Manganese in Tomato Production

Manganese is required for chlorophyll formation and oxide-reduction reactions in cells. It is also involved in the synthesis of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

General guidelines for manganese application

While rarely seen, transient deficiencies can occur during wet seasons or in sandy or peaty soils of a high pH. Manganese is not very mobile in the plant and deficiencies are best prevented by using foliar sprays. Temporary Mn deficiency is known as ‘growth mottle’ and is seen during flushes of rapid plant growth. Manganese toxicity can occur in tomato crops grown on low pH soils or where excessive applications of acidifying fertilizers are applied. The stems and petioles, especially in the nodal areas, may show necrotic lesions.

Manganese at tomato growth stages
Establishment Ensures good shoot growth
Vegetative growth

Ensures growth is not limiting

Role of nutrients

Read about the role of other nutrients in tomato production:

Nitrogen

Phosphorus

Potassium

Calcium

Magnesium

Sulfur

Boron

Copper

Iron

Manganese

Molybdenum

Zinc

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sebastian korob
Sebastian Korob
Crop Manager, Vegetable/Berries